Saturday, 16 November 2013

Seaweed in hospital and on the supper table


                    Seaweed has been used for healing purposes since the days of Napoleon, when sailors wrapped it around their cannons to dry before using it as a dressing to stop bleeding . More recently, a British company, Steriseal, has developed Sorbsan, a revolutionary surgical dressing made from the brown seaweed Knotted or Egg Wrack (Ascophyllum nodosum) harvested off the West coast of Scotland.  
 I've been testing recipes using the Marine algae, Sugar Kelp (Saccharina latissima), which I harvested at low tide on the Isle of  South Uist. It definitely looks as if it would make good bandage material and it  turns a lovely shade of green when cooked.
Poor Man's Weatherglass  Saccharina latissima